- Model name: Fujifilm X20
- Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
- Format : APS-C / Crop Sensor
- Purchase options: Adorama | B&H
Key features & specs
- 12 megapixels 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR II image processing engine
- Sturdy built with magnesium alloy
- Variable focal length equivalent to 28-112 mm on a 35 mm format. 2X digital zoom.
- Normal minimum focusing distance of 50 cm. minimum focusing distance of 1 cm on macro mode
- Full manual control and the ability to shoot in RAW
- 2.8” fixed LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots
- Optical viewfinder, which Fujifilm labels as an ‘Advanced Optical Viewfinder’ with a coverage of 85%.
- Diopter control for controlling the brightness of the viewfinder
- Fuji has eliminated the OLPF in the sensor
- Full HD video recording in 60p
A recently launched prosumer compact from Fujifilm the X20 is a camera that is aimed at the photographer who takes his photography seriously yet does not quiet fancy carrying the weight of a DSLR around his neck. The retro design is very similar to what the X10 had. For someone who may already be having a DSLR the X20 is a second camera that he could use to shoot everyday moments, fast, accurate and minus the hassle that comes with a DSLR.
Larger sensor compared to smaller compact bodies
The X20 features a 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor new design specific for the X20. Fujifilm claims that the performance of the sensor is comparable to that of the sensor on the X-Pro1. The larger sensor size compared to the standard 1/2.3” sensors of compacts cameras allows for a better light gathering surface. Additionally Fuji has incorporated back-side illumination technology and phase detection AF in the sensor for faster auto-focusing and better low light performance. Fuji has eliminated the Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF), which is used for eliminating false colors and moiré when shooting repetitive patterns, further enhancing the sharpness of images.
Advanced Optical Viewfinder
The Advanced Optical Viewfinder consists if 2 glass prisms and 2 aspherical elements and offers coverage of 85%. Along with it a Digital Trans Panel, which is actually a LCD panel set in one mm of space inside the viewfinder, shows all the shooting information, the focusing area for you to quickly compose your shots and click. Dark or bright conditions can often be a pain when properly viewing shooting information through the viewfinder. The new Digital Trans Panel automatically changes the color of the shooting information depending on the type of scene and the background color.
The eye sensor
The eye sensor on the X20 automatically turns the LCD off when you raise the camera and look through the viewfinder. Alternatively when you take the camera away you’re your eye the LCD is switched on. This saves a lot of power by not keeping the LCD needlessly on for long stretches of time. Even a lot of entry level DSLR doesn’t have this feature; neither did the X10 its predecessor.
The intelligent Hybrid AF system
The X20 incorporates an intelligent hybrid auto-focusing system that instantaneously switches between contrast detection to phase detection auto-focus and vice-versa depending on the requirements of the scene. Fujifilm claims that the auto-focusing can lock focus on a subject within 0.06 seconds.
This exciting new camera features FUJIFILM’s proprietary Film Simulation modes. Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. Including colour reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional colour negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.
Also available on the X20 are the Advanced Filter functions; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen:
Pop Colour – emphasises the contrast and colour saturation
Toy Camera – creates shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
Miniature – adds a blur to the top and bottom for a diorama or miniature effect
Dynamic Tone – giving dynamic gradation for a fantasy finish
Partial Colour – this feature selects one colour and takes the rest of the shot in black and white. Colours can be selected from red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple
High Key – enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
NEW Low Key – creates uniformly dark tones with a few areas of emphasised highlights
NEW Soft Focus – blurs the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect
A separate Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, offering great artistic expression.
Although, design-wise, the X10 and the X20 are near identical, some layout changes have been incorporated to ensure that the operation of the camera is much better in the new avatar. The zoom feature is now operated using the new mechanically coupled ring. This should be handy if you want precise zooming.
The build quality of the X20 is solid and feels firm when picked up. The magnesium alloy body and the smooth polished surface is a delight for any photographer. Lookwise the black & silver design looks retro and for that reason better compared to the all black one.
The X20 offers RAW shooting plus full manual options. The C1 and C2 options allow you to set your preferred settings for up to two different shooting situations and instantly recall them when required. Additionally the main mode dial now comes with a SR+ mode with an option to choose from among 64 different scenes for the perfect exposure.
The ‘Q’ menu button which has swapped places enables a fast access to the main electronic menu of the X20. Once on the main menu you can conveniently use either of the rear dials or the four-way button to select the option that you need.
In spite of having made so much of the cameras controls accessible via buttons and dials, the X20 does not have a dedicated ISO button / dial. Instead what Fuji has done is provided the fn button pre-programmed with a direct access to the ISO option. In case you wish to use this for any other option you lose the direct access to control ISO.
The small form factor can be disconcerting for some photographers. Additionally the lack of a pronounced bulge on the grip area is also a problem, especially when you want to hold the camera with one hand and adjust the focal ring with the other.
The X20 in a line of compact prosumer cameras enjoy a critical advantage in terms of price. It is priced reasonably at around $600. There are not too many options at that price range especially when you throw in the size of the sensor and the zoom lens in the equation. The Canon PowerShot G15 is a fixed focus compact prosumer that retails under $500 and could be considered an alternative but then it has a fixed lens.
Should I buy it?
The X20 makes a great buying decision. Not only for connoisseurs of a retro look but for serious photographers as well. If you already have a DSLR and is looking for a lighter something with full manual controls and a slightly bigger sensor, then this is it. Of course if you need an even bigger sensor then you can look at the Nikon Coolpix – A.
Images by Fujifilm X20 on flickr
Fujifilm X20 Specifications
|Model Name||FUJIFILM X20|
|Number of effective pixels||12.0 million pixels|
|Image sensor||2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter|
|Number of recorded pixels||L : (4:3) 4000 x 3000 / (3:2) 4000 x 2664 / (16:9) 4000 x 2248 / (1:1) 2992 x 2992
M : (4:3) 2816 x 2112 / (3:2) 2816 x 1864 / (16:9) 2816 x 1584 / (1:1) 2112 x 2112
S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536 / (3:2) 2048 x 1360 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080 / (1:1) 1536 x 1536<Motion Panorama>
360° Vertical : 11520 x 1624 Horizontal : 11520 x 1080
180° Vertical : 5760 x 1624 Horizontal : 5760 x 1080
120° Vertical : 3840 x 1624 Horizontal : 3840 x 1080
|Digital zoom||Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2x (up to 8 x when combined with optical zoom)|
|Aperture||F2.0 – F11 (Wide)
F2.8 – F11 (Telephoto) 1/3EV step (controlled 7 – blade aperture diaphragm)
(from lens surface)
|Sensitivity||AUTO (Control available up to ISO3200), Equivalent to ISO 100/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/12800 (Standard Output Sensitivity)|
|Exposure control||TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average|
|Exposure mode||Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual|
|Image Stabilizer||Lens shift type|
|Exposure compensation||-2.0EV – +2.0EV 1/3EV step|
|Shutter speed||(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec.
|Auto bracketing||AE Bracketing : ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing : Any 3 type of Film Simulation selectable
Dynamic Range Bracketing : 100% / 200% / 400%
ISO sensitivity Bracketing : ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
|White balance||Automatic scene recognition
|Self-timer||Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec. delay|
|Flash||Auto flash (Super intelligent Flash)
Effective range (ISO AUTO):
|Viewfinder||Advanced Optical Viewfinder (equipped with Digital Trans Panel)
Approx. 85% coverage
Built-in eye sensor
|LCD monitor||2.8-inch, approx. 460K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage|
|Movie recording||1920 x 1080 pixels (60fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels (60fps) / 640 x 480 pixels (30fps) with stereo sound
Optical zoom (manual) can be used.
|Photography functions||ADVANCED SR AUTO, Face Detection, Auto Red-eye Removal, Film Simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, Adv. mode (Motion panorama360, Pro focus, Pro low light, Multiple Exposure), High Speed Movie (80/150/250 fps）, Electronic level, Advanced Anti Blur, Focus Peak Highlight|
|Playback functions||Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, Histogram display, Exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase Selected Frames, RAW Conversion.|
|Other functions||PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode|
|Power supply||NP-50 Li-ion battery (included)
CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
|Dimensions||117.0 (W) x 69.6 (H) x 56.8 (D) mm / 4.6 (W) x 2.7 (H) x 2.2 (D) in.|
|Weight||Approx. 353 g / 12.4 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 333 g / 11.7 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
|Operating Temperature||0 – 40°C|
|Operating Humidity||10 – 80% (no condensation)|
|Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation||Approx. 270 frames (LCD : ON, AUTO mode)*3|
|Accessories included||Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-50B
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*4)
|Optional accessories||Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-45W
Lens hood LH-X10
Protector Filter PRF-52*5
Lens Hood and Protector Filter LHF-X20
Leather case LC-X20
Shoe Mount Flash EF-42/EF-20/EF-X20
DC coupler CP-50
AC power adapter AC-5VX
Stereo microphone MIC-ST1
More info @ Fujifilm